Founder, Samantha’s Gift of Hope
& Board Member, The Kaulig Foundation
Lisa is a board member of the Kaulig Foundation and founder of Samantha’s Gift of Hope. Lisa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and a graduate degree in marriage and family counseling at the University of Akron. Lisa was a cheerleader during her undergraduate years, and later, she became the head coach of the dance team during her graduate studies. After graduating, Lisa was employed by Child Guidance and Family Solutions as a home-based therapist where she was quickly promoted to supervisor and coordinator of their partial hospitalization program and on-site school-based program for seven years.
After leaving CGFS, Lisa became an administrative assistant for LeafFilter until having her daughter, Samantha. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom along with being involved in the Kaulig Charitable Giving Programs in recent years.
Lisa finds being a part of the family’s foundation is a rewarding experience because it allows her to give back to her community in a meaningful way. It also enables her to stay connected to her professional work as a therapist by helping promote the educational, physical, and emotional well-being of children and their families. Having struggled with infertility and conceiving her daughter through IVF, it was a priority for Lisa to give back and assist other couples going through a similar process by establishing Samantha’s Gift of Hope.
Lisa grew up in Copley, Ohio and met her husband, Matt, while attending the University of Akron. Matt played football, and Lisa was a cheerleader, so their paths inevitably crossed. They got married in 1998 and had Samantha in 2007. Lisa enjoys being involved in Samantha’s school and activities, spending time with family and friends, dancing, playing the drums, listening to music, and reading.